Villas NJ (Nov. 29, 2019)--- On Monday, November 25, 2019, at approximately 4:30 P.M., officers from the Lower Township Police Department responded to a call in the Villas section of the Township for a subject reporting he was assaulted and then robbed at gunpoint. Upon arrival, officers found the victim with injuries to his face. The victim told officers that he went to a residence in the first block of East Atlantic Avenue to conduct a drug transaction when a juvenile male struck him in the face. Investigation revealed that an adult male, Louis Garcia, 18, of North Cape May, then pointed a handgun at the victim and told him to empty his pockets.
The victim was treated by Lower Township Rescue and transported to Cape Regional Medical Center for further evaluation and medical treatment.
During the investigation, Detectives from The Lower Township Police Department, The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and the Cape May County SWAT Team executed a search warrant at the home on East Atlantic Avenue. During the search of the home, an adult male, Jonathan Halas, 19, of Cape May and a male juvenile were taken into custody. A short time later, additional suspects, Louis Garcia and a second male juvenile were located at a separate house, also in the first block of East Atlantic Avenue, where they were also taken into custody.
The four suspects were charged with Robbery, Title 2C:15-1a (1); Aggravated Assault, Title 2C:12-1b (1); Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Title 2C:39-5b; Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Title 2C:39-4a; and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Title 2C:5-2. The adults were then lodged at the Cape May County Correctional Center and both juveniles were placed in a juvenile security facility.
Lower Township Police Department
405 Breakwater Rd
Cape May, NJ 08204